The Impacts of Hurricane Andrew on Mangrove Coasts in Southern Florida: A Review

John W. Swiadek


Coastal mangroves in Southern Florida were seriously damaged when Hurricane Andrew made landfall on August 24. 1992. Damage associated with Hurricane Andrew was primarily related to high wind velocity and surge. Shoreline erosion which was generally less than 15 m was caused by wave action and storm surge. This erosion may continue or expand since waves and currents can reprofile unprotected subsurface and intertidal sediments uprooted by mangrove trees.


Everglades National Park; Biscayne National Park; Everglades geology; mangroves; coastaI erosion; storm surge.

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